2013 Shannons Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction
Lot
40

1972 Volkswagen Manx Buggy

$22,000

Sold

Specifications

Engine 1600cc Flat 4cyl
Gearbox 4-Speed Manual
Body Work Tourer
Colour Orange
Interior Black
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Cast Alloy
Brakes Disc/Drum

Description

This lot is no longer available

Californian Bruce Meyers, a WW2 veteran with a talent for boat-building, took the concept of a dune buggy and improved on it with the invention of his 'Manx' buggy. Designed with a fibreglass monocoque body with a structural steel frame attached to VW suspension and running gear, the earliest Manx buggies were far lighter and more manoeuvrable than earlier buggies, though proved costly to produce. Costs were reduced with the adaptation of a shortened VW chassis/floorpan. The design proved a hit, though unfortunately for Meyers a number of imitators cropped up to cash in on the concept. Regardless, the original Manx is the most revered, and is equally at home on the beach or in the bush.